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USA women’s basketball starts slow but ultimately blows out Canada

Maya Moore

United States forward Maya Moore makes a layup during the first half of a women’s basketball game against Canada at the Youth Center at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


A tight first quarter gave way to another Team USA blowout, as the women’s basketball team handled its neighbors to the north 81-51 on Friday.

Maya Moore and Diana Taurasi each scored 12 points to lead the U.S., with Taurasi hitting four of five 3-point attempts.

Moore added eight rebounds, while Sue Bird had nine assists, and Brittney Griner blocked three shots.

Team USA closes off group play Sunday against 1-3 China. The quarterfinals kick off the knockout rounds on Tuesday.

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